Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings of another. It involves placing yourself in someone else’s shoes. From this vital trait stems 3 additional critical elements.
Those who are empathic are not only well acquainted and perceptive of the feelings of others, but they are fully aware of their own emotions. They can successfully regulate their emotions, respond appropriately to triggers, and create healthy means of releasing negative feelings. Possessing emotional control is vital for many aspects of life, such as parenting, personal growth, relationships, and employment.
Empaths are very kind, gentle, and concerned about others. They possess hearts of gold and are oftentimes willing to serve and help, especially in times of despair and crisis. With all of the challenges we are currently experiencing, our society is surely in need of these types of individuals who are willing to reach out, care, and show love to those who are hurting and enduring difficult circumstances.
Before someone can love others, he/she must love him/herself. This is a principle that cannot be ignored. True empaths nurture, nourish, celebrate, inspire, and care for themselves. This is what qualifies them to sense, perceive, and assist others with their needs/feelings. Additionally, self-love is connected to one’s self-esteem (how you feel about yourself), self-concept (what you think about yourself), and self-confidence (being assured and certain about your abilities). This means that when self-love is lacking, these other components will suffer as well, which will adversely affect us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.